Match Details: 27/02/2016
Dagenham and Redbridge 0-1 Yeovil Town
Skybet League Two
Yeovil Goals: Brandon Goodship (50)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 2. Ben Tozer, 4. Matthew Dolan, 6. Jakub Sokolík, 8. Marc Laird, 9. Ryan Bird, 11. Ryan Dickson, 16. Tahvon Campbell, 19. Brandon Goodship, 24. Connor Roberts, 26. Darren Ward
Subs: 1. Chris Weale, 18. Simon Gillett, 21. Alex Lacey, 23. Harry Cornick,
Substitutes Used: Harry Cornick for Brandon Goodship (73 mins), Simon Gillett for Marc Laird (90 mins)
Bookings: Marc Laird (Foul, 89)
A single goal from AFC Bournemouth loanee Brandon Goodship was good enough to win this afternoon's relegation six-pointer at Victoria Road. An early second half strike from 10 yards out gave the striker his first professional goal, and it was a priceless one that lifted the Glovers nine points clear of their hosts, and three points clear of York City, who suffered a last minute defeat against Luton Town. Tahvon Campbell's headed knockdown into his path set up the goal, in a match that was at times scrappy and showed the high stakes resting on the game. Artur Krysiak didn't have to do too much though other than collect crosses, and the win lifts the Glovers up to 21st in the table as a result.
Illness struck in the Yeovil Town camp during the week, meaning that the squad that travelled up to East London lacked Everton loanee Liam Walsh and striker Francois Zoko. Their places in the side were taken by Marc Laird and Ryan Bird respectively, and with the likes of Jack Compton (hamstring) and Kevin Dawson (ankle) still not ready to return, that meant that the Glovers only had four substitutes to choose from. There was even a suspicion that one of them - Alex Lacey - was only there to make up the numbers, given that he did not participate in the pre-match warm-ups, with the first team squad cut right down to its bare bones.
The early stages of the game saw both sides struggle to create clear-cut chances, although there was a definite contrast of styles and formations that created a few issues for both sides. Dagenham's wing-back formation meant that Yeovil's 4-3-3 was giving them particular space down the channels, with Ryan Dickson in particular getting plenty of space to run in tandem up the left with Tahvon Campbell. In contrast, the home side were trying to get balls into the box from deep positions to put pressure on Yeovil's back line, but early on weren't very good at it! It didn't take too long before home manager John Still decided to alter his tactics and switch his side to a more balanced 4-4-2.
The other issue lay off the field, with problems in housing the large 626 Yeovil following in the away end, with part of the stand given over to home supporters, resulting in all seats being taken in the main part of the away end, and friction between stewards and fans, with the former not wanting people stood in the gangways, but with there being little room for them to go elsewhere. The end result was a bit of an uneasy impasse. Eventually, a spot of football broke out, turning attention back onto the field of play, with Brandon Goodship forcing a save out of Liam O'Brien. That was then followed by Matt Dolan's free kick, which curled superbly over the defensive wall, but also just over the crossbar.
Dagenham finally began to get into their stride, with Ryan Bird of all people having to put in a centre-half's block tackle on Dominic Hyam inside the box to stop a dangerous angled shot. Oliver Hawkins then broke through the Glovers defence from the left side, using clever ball control to slip past his marker, but fluffed his lines with a weak scuffed shot that Artur Krysiak easily saved. Dagenham's best spell of the game continued as Joe Worrall shot wide after a free kick had bobbled around the penalty box before it fell to the defender, but it went well wide. There was then another distracting moment involving a Dagenham steward in the away end, but on this occasion an unfortunate unavoidable one, as a fierce - but well wide - Oliver Hawkins shot ricocheted off the back of the steward's head, leaving them needing treatment from their colleagues - thankfully no apparent damage done.
The first half had overall been a scrappy one that typified a 24th vs 22nd encounter. Five minutes into the second period though, there was a moment of genuine quality that was to provide the most cruicial moment of the game. A long free kick taken by Artur Krysiak was challenged for by Ryan Bird, and when Tahvon Campbell nodded the ball down, it fell into the path of Brandon Goodship who was through on goal. He took it calmly and confidently and rolled a low shot past Liam O'Brien from ten yards out for the opening goal of the game and the first of his professional career.
At that point, the Glovers could have easily taken absolute control of the game - the goal seemed to hit Dagenham hard, and the reasons why they have not won a home match since last season began to become apparent as confidence drained from their side over a 15 minute period. Unfortunately for Yeovil, they couldn't carve out the chances, with their clever interplay down the flanks not quite being rewarded by the killer final ball. Marc Laird's shot outside the box was palmed away well by Liam O'Brien, whilst a Brandon Goodship effort went wide of the target.
Through a serious of substitutions, Dagenham did manage to level the game out during the final ten minutes to make things a little bit more nervy, although the home team seemed to lack the invention to get a goal throughout the afternoon - there were few moments in which Artur Krysiak was truly stretched, with one or two Dagenham late efforts on goal particularly woeful - one cleared the ground entirely, and probably would have cleared another half distance of football pitch before it landed. This was Dagenham's 400th regular season game in the Football League, but with Yeovil's victory today over their former non-league rivals leaving them now eight points short of safety, all the signs today were that they will only add 14 more games to that tally. For the Glovers, it would be foolish to assume that today's result ensures their survival - York City will have a lot to say about that - but it certainly put them into a position where they can feel confident about seeing off one of the two teams likely to head for the drop in May.
Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Dagenham and Redbridge 0 Yeovil Town 1.
Scorers: Brandon Goodship (0-1 mins, 50 mins).
Dagenham and Redbridge:
1. Liam O'Brien
2. Josh Passley 24. Joe Worrall 32. Justin Hoyte 26. Dominic Hyam 33. Joe Widdowson
4. Joss Labadie 14. Matt Richards 21. Oliver Muldoon
15. Oliver Hawkins 9. Matt McClure
6. Clevid Dikamona 7. Jamie Cureton (63 mins for Matt McClure) 10. Ashley Chambers 12. Christian Doidge (71 mins for Oliver Hawkins) 17. Jodi Jones (52 mins for Matt Richards) 23. Ashley Hemmings 30. Mark Cousins
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
8. Marc Laird 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
19. Brandon Goodship 9. Ryan Bird 16. Tahvon Campbell
12. Chris Weale (GK) 18. Simon Gillett (90 mins for Marc Laird) 21. Alex Lacey 23. Harry Cornick (73 mins for Brandon Goodship)
Dagenham Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Marc Laird (89 mins, foul)
Dagenham Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 16.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 2; Fouls: 17.
Referee: Trevor Kettle (Leicestershire). Assistants: Mark Pottage (Dorset) and Mark Howes (Birmingham). Fourth Official: Marc Wilson (Cambridgeshire).
Attendance: 2,942 (including 626 Yeovil fans).